https://www.duolingo.com/QuadraticLingual

So... where's the activity stream replacement?

As the title says, what happened to the activity stream replacement? Is the Duolingo team still working on it? Is it already out?

December 6, 2017

24 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/OmegaGmaster

Probably never, given Duolingo's current priorities.

December 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/QuadraticLingual

...Okay, are you kidding me? Heart avatar rings?

Come on! The bell doesn't work, post scores act weird, and they're focused on heart avatar rings? I mean, sure, it doesn't take that long, but why waste time on that?

December 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/tiramisues

I agree!

Our reactions are probably why this had to be the fastest an announcement ever got unstickied.

December 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/OmegaGmaster

It also got halfway to the amount of downvotes that the Activity Streams announcement once had.

December 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Luscinda

And thus buried where no one can find it because removing the activity bell means no one can actually know when anyone replied to them or navigate their own past participation, let alone anyone else's. They're actively killing the boards, deliberately making them unusable - watch for the 'we're getting rid of it because no one uses it anymore' announcement that will follow them making it impossible to use.

I would also love to know why this thread magically fails to show in popular along with one or two other real conversations, while some kid writing text speak about burger restaurants with a couple of replies does.

December 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/RedAngel666

Hi Luscinda,

I hope you are wrong. But if I look what happend the last weeks and how they handle the bugs from the maintenance unfortunatly I disprove your arguments. So let's hope this is a wrong assumption.

Best regards Angel

December 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Hohenems

The sooner you realize that Duolingo doesn't care about you or anyone else that uses the desktop version, the better off you'll be.

December 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Miguel992

Wow, how dramatic. Yes, I am sure their intent is to anger as many people as possible. What I think people need to realize is that the number of vocal users calling for this feature or that feature means very little as to what the majority of people actually want or use. The old immersion is a perfect example. People still complain about it missing and swear everyone loved it when in reality less than 1 percent actually used it.

December 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Hohenems

"Yes, I am sure their intent is to anger as many people as possible."

I never said that or implied that, but thanks for putting words in my mouth.

December 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Luscinda

Obviously their own long-standing moderators wouldn't have as much of an idea as to what goes on as you do.

December 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/jolynnedougherty

I miss it, too. Thank you for the post. I am glad that there is someone else who misses the activity stream. It's funny, because if I were a new user to Duolingo, I would really like the site, but having been around since almost the beginning, I so miss what the old Duolingo was. I miss being able to talk with friends around the world that I met here.

Anyway, it's nice to know that I am not alone in missing the activity stream.

December 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Luscinda

Would you really? Or do you come back out of habit, given that there is no communication on the boards now and the courses are badly flawed? Do you not think you'd be on a different site if you were starting out looking for one? I think I would. I only really pop back in to see if any of the interesting people have posted anything but it so hard to find you now that it's like talking to the void here.

I'd love to know why I'm still getting followers. There's nothing to follow. How do they even know I exist?

December 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/piguy3

Presumably they see your posts in existing discussions; largely sentence discussions one supposes. I'm pretty sure I get new followers now at a significantly higher rate than before the end of Immersion and activity streams, both of which I, of course, miss heartily.

For most of the languages on Duolingo (I've heard there are really good free alternatives for the more frequently studied Asian languages), I don't think any free alternative really holds a candle - for lower-level learners - to Duolingo. Have you pursued your studies in any of the ten languages at the right side of your fleet of flags anywhere else? The forums now are full of people who arrived after those things which we remember fondly were already (somewhat) long vanquished.

December 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Luscinda

Me? I find that looking at this sort of thing throws into sharp relief how little one actually learns from all those odd phrases on Duo. http://www.dw.com/de/deutsch-lernen/deutschkurse/s-2068

December 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/piguy3

And yet I have had complicated conversations in Italian based on running through of an Italian tree plus parts of another couple with scant review and listening to a few podcasts.

I have no competence in German, so I regret the point you're trying to make with that link is likely lost on me. Is that, in a counterfactual world where I had mastered the German tree, I would find myself disappointed with my limited placement into their sequence of courses?

Yes, I addressed my question about your ten flags to you. What other beginning Swahili, Greek, or Russian resources have you sought out, for example? I'm guessing the answer is none, or scant few, wherein there's your evidence for the great demand for Duolingo. It's a perfectly reasonable first place to go. Obviously the trees vary in quality and comprehensiveness. The Russian one contains essentially all the grammar one would learn in not just a semester or two but the entire first four semesters of college Russian but imparts an obviously limited vocabulary. The Catalan one is easily enough for any skilled Spanish speaker to understand essentially arbitrary authentic Catalan content. And the Japanese one, well, it teaches you 100 kanji.

December 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/jolynnedougherty

I do have to say that I do like Duolingo for my style of learning. I find the repetition helpful. I like that in the well-established French tree, there are many acceptable answers. (This is because of the hard work of the course contributors and users who have contributed and updated the course. I do understand that not all of the courses are as well set up. You know me, I am concentrating on one language at a time.)

I have used Memrise and Linqvist and found them frustrating because there is usually only one answer that is acceptable and I haven't memorized it and end up getting it wrong.

It is really frustrating about communication here. You have always been able to find the interesting conversations and I luck out on finding you when I happen on an interesting one. I usually run through the discussions and find the "We need more things to do with Lingots" and "I finally got a XX day streak" conversations.

I agree about the followers. There really is no purpose anymore to following people. The bell is useless. I didn't even know that you had responded to my post. Luckily I had manually followed it so that I could go back. I do think that I may have outgrown the French course here.

December 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Luscinda

You have lived in France, though. Had you been trying to learn from scratch, I don't think you'd start here. You'd have more sense.

December 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Studosaurus

What other language sites/tools would you recommend? I've found Duolingo's model to be pretty good despite the obvious flaws in the Mandarin beta test

December 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

I'm in an a/b test group for a casual chat feature in Clubs... No idea how many other replacement features they've tested though.

December 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/RedAngel666

Hi Usagiboy,

Thank's for the info that's interesting. I don't think the club chat could be a real replacement. As far as I can see you can only join one club per language. So you are only able to communicate with a few people in the club but not with other (not member of the club) people from the forum for instance.

Best regards Angel

December 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

RedAngel666, I agree with you that it isn't the same. It's current form is far more limited and it's not available without an app unless someone has a desktop extension. (I didn't personally have luck with the desktop extension I tried. My computer was too slow for it.) I have no idea if they are aiming for all of the same things as the old Activity stream offered or not.

December 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/RedAngel666

Hi Usagiboy,

so let's wait and see there's nothing else for us to do.

I saw your profil message. Thank you for that it warmed my heart. Here was a little candle burning, too.

Best regards Angel

December 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7

<3

December 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/scarcerer

I have mentioned this before but I would not be surprised if the chat function in the clubs is the replacement. At least my understanding is that "the chat" isn't limited to emojis anymore.

December 6, 2017
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